I just shot 3 John C Garand matches in 3 days in Arizona. On my rapid fire prone stages i scored a 96-4x, 98-5x and 97-3x. That is out of 100 points and at 200 yards, using an as issued Garand. I can tell you 46.5 gr of IMR 4895 under 150gr Hornady FMJ-BT bulk bullets work. Proof is in the pudding.
If you want to know Hornadys previously elusive 168gr A-Max recipe that costs 25.00 a box, its 46.5 gr of Varget.
Here is quote I found on the CMP forums after lots of searching. A guy from Hornady.
"Our nominal load is 46.5 gr of Varget. We had one lot in 2009 that we had to load with RL-15 because we had no Varget at the time and had to make a delivery. The RL-15 was the black and higher charge weight powder that some guys have reported. Varget is less temperature sensitive than the RL-15. I can say from experience this load shoots very well at 600. If you can find N135 it is absolutely the best powder going in the Garand with a 168. 46.3 grs. In my tests it will out shoot the Varget a little at 600."
"Every gun makes it's own tune." - Blondie
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